Happy Summer!



“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”~Albert Camus



Happy Summer!





This past week Joe cleaned off the grill.



The summer is here!!!!



and I’m ready to have those backyard gatherings.











I love this time of year on the Oregon coast.



I painted these chairs white and purchased these blue striped pillows for summer



The weather is in the 60’s…



the mornings have a magical coastal mist





































The sun comes out…



when it’s good and ready…



Reminding me that this is the season for easy living…





I’ve recently discovered a delicious alternative for beef burgers with a plant based Beyond Meat burger. Surprisingly they grill fairly well. They aren’t for everyone…however they are definitely worth a try.



And of course they are super easy to pan fry. Preparation is similar to making a hamburger. I like to cook mine so it’s well done.















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Seven Years Later…



  “Follow your bliss” -Joseph Campbell 



Earlier in the week as Joe and I were preparing a meal together the conversation went to discussing what I could write about on this week’s blog post. Joe suggested that I might write a little about my 7 years of retirement.







 There are many things I have learned in these past seven years lots of changes



One of my favorite authors Joseph Campbell came to mind.



I remember reading his definition of ego many years ago: “what you think you want, but you will to believe, what you think you can afford, what you decide to love, what you regard yourself as bound  to.”



I am thinking seven years of retirement later and into my retirement…



I’m discovering what has happened…is I’ve been transforming into another woman. crazy 



Seven years… just a beginning of a persistent, passionate search within for wholeness that  has been deeply hidden by so many things…now hopefully exposing itself even more in the years ahead.





1 package Tex-mex Jackfruit

1 tablespoon oil

1 package corn tortillas

1 avocado, sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

lime wedges



  1.  Warm the taco shells according to the package directions. When warmed add a scoop of the Jackfruit, and top with an avocado slice, a couple of red onion slices some cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Or you can top with whatever your favorite taco toppings are. Enjoy!
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The Book Club: Chapters of Life



Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the night” -Dylan Thomas



Hello sweet friend…🧤

(just a little warning…I’m in a chatty mood today)


what’s going on in your neck of the woods…





This is a fabulous season on the Oregon coast. The sun 🌞 rises at 5:00 am




doesn’t set until after 9:00 pm.


(Of couse) I know better…however

It feels as if it is always going to be daylight.



With that being said these longer days afford plenty of time for doing all those favorite activities.



Playing in the garden…walking on the beach…reading…cooking with Joe…meeting up with friends…and going to the movies. (I love going to the movies!) A recent movie I enjoyed was BookClub. any chance you too have seen it?  Watching it made me think of the book clubs I’ve participated in over the years. When I lived in California I belonged to several. The opportunity to meet new friends and mingle with books that normally wouldn’t have crossed my path was exciting. Now…getting back to the movie BookClub. I have to tell you that I have actually watched it three times over the last month.🍿🍿🍿 (that’s a lot of popcorn!) The first time I invited my dear friend (around the age of my mother if she were still living) whose current chapter in life includes visiting her husband in a care facility. The second time was a playdate with girlfriends, 👩‍❤️‍👩 and the third bag of popcorn was shared with Joe.💕 who btw also enjoyed the movie😉 Each experience opened me up to the many chapters in our own life. My first friend having been married for over 65 years  carries many wedded memories….The girlfriends in my age bracket (of course I’m the youngest😉) have their own stories being written…and my husband recently began another new chapter with his retirement. There are many chapters in life and if we are fortunate one of those chapters will include growing older. Personally I’m hoping to make that chapter a fabulous read. Growing old is something we all think about. Well, at least I do. Perhaps for some of us those thoughts are more frequently. I guess the movie BookClub made me reconnect with my long ago youthful script on how I thought I’d be when I was older. With careful editing and gracefully embracing each day with love …lots of gratitude, each chapter will be an exciting adventure…one to look forward to. How about you?






Here is a 15 minute recipe for your delicious side salad. (Or main dish) It is also a healthy, low calorie, low-sodium, low-fat, low carbohydrates, and no cholesterol!




1  10 ounce bag torn mixed salad greens

Add the salad dressing just before serving; mix lightly 2 sliced apples

3/4 dried cranberries

2 green onions (sliced) In a large bowl; toss the salad greens with the apples, cranberries, walnuts and onions.

1/2 cup light raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing




1. In a large bowl; toss the salad greens with the apples, cranberries, walnuts and onions.



2. Add the salad dressing just before serving; mix lightly.



Enjoy & cheers to the weekend!


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A Backyard Treasure



”Be the change that you want to see in the world.”~Mahatma Gandhi


🌻Hello, sweet friend and Happy June!🌻



The expression “you don’t have to look very far to see how lucky you are “ took on a whole new meaning recently…



as Joe and I headed home from an out of town trip






discovered a hidden treasure. practically in our own backyard

(how lucky is that!)













The Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC)  is a 30 acre nature preserve that includes extensive flower gardens















native plant park and nursery,
















art exhibits



and a Butterfly Pavilion.



During the summer months they offer guided tours and an on-site cafe.


And what backyard treasures are you hoping to discover this summer?


I had to laugh when I heard myself say “freeway” instead of highway… It’s my California roots.😎

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Kiss of Life



“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt





I had a really good week. How about you?




I got a clean bill of health this week at my doctors appointment




I might be getting a chicken!



Somehow both these things made me realize just how wonderful, special, and fragile life is. This week also marked the 3rd anniversary of moving to the Oregon coast. Let me rephrase…



This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary date that our California property opened escrow. I always remember the date since it was Memorial Day weekend. It was such a bittersweet time for me.



Looking back I now see clearly that what I was really looking forward to was the adventure of it all.



That moment of intentionally taking a different path in life. Just for the experience. 



I wasn’t searching for happiness…I had that. What I really wanted and was ready for was a new adventure…just for the experience.



To try a different path…one which may or may not turn out quite how I expected.



 Looking back I see how unexpected events and the strangest people ( I don’t mean that in a bad way) have become my strongest supports friendships…



that in someway has also helped me become stronger…and yes….perhaps without seeking it….even happier.



If for no other reason that I tried another path…just for the experience.



A neighbors Blue Laced Red Wyandotte has decided to roost in our yard. I’ve named her Trixie. Below she is meeting Darjeeling for the first time. I love their interaction.💕



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